by Danielle A. Sadler, L.Ac Dipl. O.M.
Pain is interesting, and tricky. We have theories that describe the physical processes of pain, how our cells go through chemical changes when they are injured and how those chemicals are taken up to the brain and interpreted as pain. The brain responds by increasing blood flow to the area, causing the symptoms of inflammation and swelling. But most of our theories work to explain acute, recent pain and don't fully explain long-term, complex pain. (1)
In addition, the study of the psychology of pain has established all kinds of factors that can affect how much pain we feel. Our perception of pain can be influenced by the context in which the pain happens, the amount of anxiety we have, our expectations about how much pain we should be in, and many other factors. (2)
So you can see that while we need to address the physical symptoms of pain, a more effective approach to the treatment of pain involves the mental and emotional components of it as well. We can learn to modify our brain's responses to pain, and decrease the pain we feel, at the same time. When practiced over time, the tools we use to decrease pain naturally have benefits that extend into other areas of our health: better digestion, better sleep, and more energy.
Three Tools To Treat Pain Naturally
Research Findings About Acupuncture
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By Danielle A. Sadler, L.Ac Dipl. O.M.
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